WESTERVILLE — Patrick Henry senior standout Trista Fintel capped off her career with a second-place finish in the shot put with a 40-9.5 at the OHSAA Division III state track and field meet at Westerville North High School.
But she was well below her personal record Saturday and finished just three inches behind state champion Ella Rigel of Leipsic.
“I was happy that I made podium, but it was a pretty bad day actually,” Fintel said. “Six feet under my PR, so was not happy with that at all.”
Fintel consistently threw 39-40 feet throughout the event, but couldn’t find the big throw to put her ahead of the field. She started with a 39-8, fouled her next attempt and tossed a 39-6 to enter the final three throws in second place.
Fintel improved to 40-8.25 in her first finals throw, had her top mark of 40-9.50 on her second toss and finished with a 40-5.75.
“I just wasn’t hitting it right at all,” Fintel said.
Rigel’s top mark of 41-0.5 came in her third throw of prelims after fouling her first two attempts.
The Vikings’ senior had a 38-11.75 in her first finals throw and fouled her last two attempts.
“I’m really happy for Ella, she’s an amazing person so I’m really happy for her though,” Fintel said.
Archbold’s Kiera Gensler just missed the podium in ninth (36-5 3/4).
Fintel added to her third-place finish in the discus (131-9) on Friday and capped off her high school career with three all-Ohio performances. She was third in the shot put (42-2) in 2019.
Fintel’s production alone led Patrick Henry to a 14th-place finish with 14 points. West Liberty-Salem won the team title with 52 points.
Although she came up just short of a state title, Fintel certainly made her mark among the area’s best.
She swept the throws in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League Championships in mid-May, including a meet-record 43-2 in the shot put.
A week later, she set meet records in winning the shot put (46-7.5) and discus (142-7) at the Division III district meet at Ayersville High School.
At the Division III regional meet at Tiffin’s Frost-Kalnow Stadium, she finished first in the shot put (44-5.75) and second in the discus (122-6).
Fintel, who will continue her throwing career at the University of Findlay, said she is looking to make her mark with the Oilers as well.
“I’m very excited to go to U of F,” Fintel said. “I’m going to hopefully break records there.
In other field events, Tinora senior Lexi Wachtman was fourth in the girls long jump at 17-1 3/4. Stryker’s Brianna Breier was 13th (15-10 1/4).
Archbold sophomore Karter Behnfeldt was seventh in the boys high jump (6-2).
Ayersville sophomore Tyson Schlachter did not record a mark in three attempts in the boys discus.